Position: Associate Professor, Hunter College. English.
Campus Affiliation: Hunter College
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Rutgers University.
Research Interests: 19th-century American literature; contemporary multicultural American fiction, employing an eclectic methodology, a blend of new historicism, psychoanalytic theory, and interdisciplinary and American studies approaches.
Theory Group Field Specialization: African American Writings and Poetics|Literary History, Criticism, and Theory
Chronological Period Specialization: American Literature to 1900
Mourning, Gender, and Creativity in the Art of Herman Melville. Yale University Press, 1988.
"Louise Erdrich" and "Herman Melville's OMOO," in Harper's Encyclopedia of American Literature. eds. George and Barbara Perkins. 1991.
"'A Thing Writ in Water': Allan Melvill's Epitaph," in Ahab: Major Literary Characters, ed. Harold Bloom. Chelsea House, 1991, pp. 184-201.
"An Education in Presence: When Literature Comes to Life in Student Journals," in The Writer's Art, The Teacher's Craft, ed. Mimi Schwartz. Heinemann, 1990.
"Ralph Waldo Emerson," in The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Criticism and Theory. Eds. Martin Kreiswirth and Michael Groden. Forthcoming from The Johns Hopkins University Press. 1992.